Current Show: My Fragile Mind  
March 14 - April 28, 2018, Micheal Parsons Fine Art

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 24, 1:30-3:00pm
Artist Talk & Reception: Saturday, April 7, 1:30-3:00pm- Melinda will speak about her new work at 2:00pm

"We are pleased to welcome Portland artist Melinda Thorsnes for her 4th solo show at our gallery. Melinda was the first contemporary artist to approach us about showing at the gallery, shortly after we opened 5 years ago, and it has been an honor to represent her powerful, heartfelt work. 

Melinda's work is a continuation of the traditions of American Genre painting, particularly the work of Regionalist artists such as Thomas Hart Benton, sharing a genuine empathy for the lives and concerns of everyday people. In recent times, her work has become more political, but the concern for the "common man" remains.

Here are a few of her thoughts on her latest work: 
My work has always dealt with the times we live in. The theme of these new paintings is the crisis and disgrace we are facing as a nation, due to divisiveness in the political arena. I've been influenced by George Johanson, who was my thesis advisor at the Museum Art School, Thomas Hart Benton, Eric Fischl, really any artist who deals honestly with the emotional discourse of human interaction. A lot of my visual sources come from family, not necessarily my own, and news media, not computer images. A friend recently commented, "Your work is like a playwrights still life." It is in that moment of time, arrested, that compels me.

Melinda Thorsnes is an artist who feels the world deeply, expressing her observations through richly colored, narrative paintings that continue the traditions of American genre painting. She has exhibited her work widely since graduating from the Museum Art School in 1971, (now PNCA), where her thesis advisor was George Johanson. Thorsnes' work is in the permanent collections of the Portland Art Museum, and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem. This is her 3rd show at Michael Parsons Fine Art.,"  Michael Parsons Fine Art. 

Contact info:
Micheal Parsons Fine Art
716 SW Madison Street
Portland, Oregon 97205

Phone: 503-206-8601


Recent Shows

Solo Exhibitions

2017 Standing Behind Myself, Michael Parsons Fine Arts, Portland, OR
2015 Mid Career Retrospective, Paintings from Three Decades, Michael Parsons Fine Arts, Portland, OR
2014 Conversation Pieces, Michael Parsons Fine Art, Portland, OR
2012 She, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR

Group Exhibitions
2015 Group Show, Michael Parsons Fine Arts, Portland, OR
2012 Under The Influence, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR
2011 The Horse Show, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR


Please contact the artist at for information.


"MELINDA THORSNES, Foster Goldstrom Gallery, 560 Broadway, at Prince Street, SoHo, (through May 2). Brightly colored, broadly brushed paintings of Americans relaxing at home or outdoors: through Ms. Thorsnes's eyes, this is a scary spectacle" (Karmel).
-Art Section. New York Times. April 28, 1995

See full article HERE